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1  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Is Obama blowing it? on: Yesterday at 09:30 PM
Russ,
It is 2014. When will you stop blaming Bush? Geez, that tactic is getting old. After 6.5 years, when do you think Obama should be held responsible for things that happen during his administration? Let me guess, ISIS is Bush's fault, the debt is Reagan's fault, expensive state dinners are Hoover fault and race relations are Buchanan's fault. It is never Obama's fault.

I only "blame" Bush for what is on his dance card. Obama took responsibility for what's going on in Iraq/ Syria this week. Up till now everything that has occurred in Iraq goes on W's ledger. From this week, it's Obama's. Until this point we have living with the SOFA W signed and it's resultant turmoil. Admittedly, Obama didn't put much effort into amending  W's SOFA, but two years of heads against the wall by W's folks pretty much defined that effort. They wanted us GONE. ISIS is 100% Bush's creation. Tora Bora to  AQII to ISIS, an inevitable and, totally predictable, evolution.  That said, it is now Obama's. If he gets even a modicum of support, in fact, if they just stay the frak out of his way, I bet he gets the job done. Anyone looked at "Obamacare"" lately?
2  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Is Obama blowing it? on: Yesterday at 04:04 PM
It will take us generations to undo all the damage the previous administration did to us in the foreign policy arena. People around the world like Obama and his rational, cautious approach to military force, but, as BB said, they still have burned fingers from the last time one of our Presidents said, "trust me".
3  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Is Obama blowing it? on: Sep 13, 2014, 05:26PM
I suspect there is absolute clarity in the inner sanctums. But making it crystal clear to us shouldn't be a very high priority for many reasons.
4  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Wake Up, America! on: Sep 13, 2014, 05:21PM
Hey, I blamed the black people and got an 'AMEN' from Russ! Nest you're going to start liking Cosby.

Loved him for over half a century.
5  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Wake Up, America! on: Sep 13, 2014, 11:29AM
I'll point out that the difference between unionizing and exercising one's franchise is that the latter requires no cooperation from anyone else.

Even the laws and practices designed to suppress the vote for partisan reasons (like putting fewer polling places in certain neighborhoods, or reducing the availability of polling times to inconvenience people with hourly jobs) are appalling and reprehensible, but they don't make it impossible to vote. Young people and blacks are poorly represented in this country because old, white people are more likely to vote. You can't blame that on the old, white people who are simply exercising their rights.

Just plain old voting is one of the few things people can unilaterally do to improve their own representation. It wouldn't overcome the power of money, but it would at least counterbalance it. This country would look a lot different if everyone voted.



AMEN!
6  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Is Obama blowing it? on: Sep 13, 2014, 11:27AM
Not me. I still think he is playing the crappy hand he was dealt about as well as it can be played. The s**theads in ISWhatever ( I like whoever penned that) have gotten the American people where they want them, and I can only be thankful we don't have a President McCain or Romney at the controls, or we would be going along with Bin Laden's plan right now. HE learned from watching the USSR bankrupt itself in Afghanistan. He stated, quite clearly, he knew he could never defeat the US militarily. His goal was to get us to bankrupt ourselves chasing him. Bush took us a long way down that road, and I have to believe it is a major goal of this group of his acolytes. This is a great article on the whole ISWhatever and how we're letting their terrorizing do exactly what it's intended to do. ISWhatever presents no existential threat to the US on any level, but we can do ourselves great damage by how we react to them.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/08/24/1323764/-Stop-freaking-out-about-ISIS?utm_content=bufferf3569&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer
7  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Is Obama blowing it? on: Sep 12, 2014, 06:13AM

Saudi Arabia is only providing a location where the US can bring anti-ISIS groups to train them, and they are part of the coalition.


Putting us right back into the situation that spawned Al Qaeda to begin with.
8  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Wake Up, America! on: Sep 12, 2014, 05:43AM
Copping out this week. Too many options to write about and too busy a schedule to focus on any of them:

More Wit and Wisdom from the Web:


Too much going on to do a specific column this week, so, time for some more “Wit and Wisdom from the Web”.

Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die. – Buddha

Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it out of religious conviction! – Blaise Pascal

The most important decision you make is to be in a good mood! – Voltaire

Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start to have positive results. – Willie Nelson

Why is there always money for war, but not for education?

A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they shall never sit in. – Greek Proverb.

A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one. – George RR Martin

Someone else is happy with less than what you have.

If you can dream it, you can do it! – Walt Disney

I hated every minute of training, but I said, “Don’t quit. Suffer now, and live the rest of your life as a champion.” – Muhammad Ali

A liberal is a man or a woman or a child who looks forward to a better day, a more tranquil night, and a bright, infinite future. – Leonard Bernstein

A Conservative is someone who stands athwart history, yelling STOP, at a time when no one is inclined to do so, or to have much patience with those who so urge it. – Wm. F Buckley

When faced with a decision, choose the path that feeds your soul. – Dorothy Mendoza Rosa

You can’t build a robust recovery with poverty-wage jobs – Tsedeye Gebreselassie

The difference between religions and cults is determined by how much real estate is owned – Frank Zappa

America does not have a money problem, it has a priorities problem, We give tax cuts to the wealthy, and budget cuts to the poor. – Todd Huffman

Libertarianism – The quasi-religious ideology that maintains you owe no debt to the society that sustains you.

“Liberal Bias” = “an informed opinion”.

If all religions teach Peace, why can’t all religions achieve Peace?

“If it can be destroyed by the truth, it deserves to be destroyed by the truth” – Carl Sagan

If you think everything will be OK once Obama’s out of office, you haven’t figured out the problem yet. – Tony Stiles
9  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Is Obama blowing it? on: Sep 10, 2014, 05:32PM
Ah yes, a poll from FOX News. At best, it will be 10% accurate. All I need to know about FOX is that it is owned by an Australian billionaire and a Saudi prince, neither of whom has any reason to care how they delude the American people so long as they make money and weaken and divide the country.
10  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Is Obama blowing it? on: Sep 09, 2014, 10:41AM
So if anyone disagrees with you regarding Obama, they're ignorant?  That's pretty arrogant. No?  Pretty elitist too.  That's another problem with the Dems.  They think they are better than everyone else.

No. not at all. I have conservative friends who think and present decent arguments. But, I spend a lot of time walking around out in the real world, and there is an enormous amount of ingnorance and avoidance of critical thought out there. Our culture is not one that values intellectual pursuits or cares much about looking below the surface of most issues, so it is not surprising that "most Americans" buy into the spin, misinformation, and outright lies spewed forth about this President by the "great, right-wing conspirators".
11  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Is Obama blowing it? on: Sep 09, 2014, 10:16AM
Most of America says Obama stinks.


Most of America watches Who Wants to Marry a Millionaire too. Nobody has ever gone broke betting on the vapidity and inorance of the American populace.
12  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Is Obama blowing it? on: Sep 08, 2014, 06:58PM
I believe the Obama administration's strategy to eliminate ISIS is now well developed. Per the New York Times, the plan is for a minimum 36-month military and political effort to defeat ISIS. The administration warns that the effort will likely extend past Obama’s second term.

Anyway, you'll all be able to hear a lot of the detail, as Obama is expected to address the US nation Wednesday to outlined the proposed strategy, which calls for an initial round of airstrikes (that has in fact already begun) against the militant group in Iraq, followed by a phase of training Iraqi, Kurdish, and potentially Sunni fighters, and then a campaign against ISIS in its stronghold of Syria, where a violent civil war has raged for over two years.

Definitely no American troops on the ground but that does not say that other nations will not commit their troops.

I rather like Obama's measured responses to solving problems and the rest of the world obviously thinks of him quite highly. I think you would have to go back 50 years to find similar international respect. Hardly "blowing it" guys!

Also, his administration has formed a very impressive coalition of nations to instigate the plans. 


Where is my "LIKE" button?
13  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Is Obama blowing it? on: Sep 08, 2014, 09:42AM

If you have "plenty of problems with this administration" then voice them.  


I have voiced them on numerous occasions. There hasn't been a single indictment of a banker, a torturer, or a war criminal, even though Obama has openly admitted we tortured "folks", which is a war crime. We have an insurance reform act that is the largest transfer of public money into the pockets of private, for-profit corporations in history, outside of the MIS complex. HE has repeatedly let Boehner off the hook for reneging on deals when he couldn't force them through the obstructionists in his caucus. Etc., etc., etc.
14  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Is Obama blowing it? on: Sep 07, 2014, 07:58PM
WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) blasted President Obama on Saturday for failing to bomb Stonehenge while in the United Kingdom for the NATO summit.

“This is a time when it’s important to send our enemies the message that the United States is strong,” McCain told Fox News. “I can think of no better way to do that than by blowing Stonehenge off the map.”


McCain said that he was “astounded” by Obama’s reluctance to order airstrikes on the ancient monument. “He had a clean shot at Stonehenge, and he blinked,” he said.

That's beautiful.


He boldly stated that he drew a line in the sand regarding Syria and the use of WMDs,  which resulted in no action beyond him going to play golf.

Leading from the rear like a useless coward.

This narrow minded, aggressive ignorance is getting old. Obama played the US Congress and Vladimir Putin like a well tuned Stradivarius. There were exactly ZERO decent options in Libya (oops, Syria. Too many of ther same letters.). Despite that, there are now exactly ZERO WMD's in the country because of our President's capacity for Leadership from behind "THE SCENES". For what it's worth, RONKNY, I have plenty of problems with this President and his administration, I'm just smart enough to look at what he has done/ accomplished and compare it to where we would be if we had elected either of the other options we were given. The fact he is our President instead is all the proof I need that there is a God.
15  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Supreme Court Decisions on: Sep 07, 2014, 01:04PM
I see both FDR  and Kennedy quoted quite frequently by "contemporary liberals". It was Buckley who led the cadre that threw the Birchers, including daddy Koch, out of the GOP as too far to the right whackos after Johnson shellacked Goldwater. They stayed ex-communicated until they found their puppet, and he, Reagan, brought them in from the cold.
16  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Supreme Court Decisions on: Sep 05, 2014, 07:08PM
I have a fair amount of respect for that, because at least it's based on issues and not dogma.
At least when you make a decision based on a single issue that's of practical importance to you, you're making an honest decision rather than buying a bill of goods.

Not dogma? Most of the 2nd Amendment lunacy is based exclusively on dogma rather than an intellectually based consideration of the actual wording and intent of the 2nd Amendment. Not dogma? Please......
17  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Supreme Court Decisions on: Sep 05, 2014, 11:19AM
I guess I am like a militant ex-smoker. I was a far right wing conservative for the first 4 decades of my life before I woke up and shrugged off the indoctrination I had received from family and environment. I voted for Reagan 3 times, and GHWB twice before my "enlightenment". I'm all better now.
18  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Supreme Court Decisions on: Sep 05, 2014, 08:10AM
Please show me where in the thread.
And why write a column that's just anti republican?  Because someone nutcase on the right pens extreme right wing hyperbole you feel you have to pen extreme left wing hyperbole?  Why not write something down the middle which most of America really wants?  It doesn't mean we have to change what we believe.  What would the paper's readers say?  Most of them.  I think they'd  see it as a breath of fresh air.  Remember how much most everyone hates Congress because all they do is bicker.  And the commercials at election time?  Be Mr Smith Russ.  

You dig through if you really give a s**t. It has been mentioned on numerous occasion. It might have been in the first iteration of the thread which got closed by the moderators. I am, and have never claimed not to be, Anti-Republican. In fact, that is the most basic element of my political belief system at the current moment. I am not convinced today's Democrats are capable of achieving what their party did from 1930 to 1980, but I am certain, based on 150 years of history, that Republican policies will, as they always have, result in the rich getting richer, the poor getting poorer, the middle class stagnating or shrinking, and the economy going into the toilet. Not to mention the gutting of any form of regulations put into pace to protect the weak from the strong, the powerless from the powerful, and the ecology from those who care only aboput their profits. It has happened over and over and over again since the election of Lincoln, whose understanding of the relationship between labor and capital were pushed to the wayside almost as soon as he was assassinated.
19  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Supreme Court Decisions on: Sep 05, 2014, 08:01AM
That's funny. I think liberals and Democrats do the same thing to the Constitution.

I also don't remember the speech where either Bush or Cheney cited the bible or verses to justify military actions. Could you please provide that for my research? I can not seem to find it.

Um, I should realize that speaking even minorly in abstraction might be a bit much for a conservative mind to wrap around. I was speaking metaphorically, comparing the W/ Cheney cherry picking of intelligence data to the way many, self-labeled Christians cherry pick the Bible when it suits their beliefs and ignore it when it doesn't.
20  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Supreme Court Decisions on: Sep 05, 2014, 07:47AM
regarding a fetus... I'll note that in the Bible it's not regarded as a living human with a soul until it's born and breathing.  There's quite a bit in the Bible asserting breathing as the standard for being alive or not and having a soul or not.

I'm not sure that's a great standard but... it's in the Bible!

You do realize what's in the Bible is pretty irrelevant to the religio-stupified. Like Bush and Cheney before the Iraq invasion, they cherry the pick the parts they believe support their positions and ignore the rest.
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